Greetings! Here are the details for our next local event It looks like a fantastic time and I hope many of us can make it! As an extra surprise, Their Majesties will be in attendance, and will hold a Royal Court. If you are new or have questions, connect with our Chatelaine, Lord Leo, who is always to help you (email him at



Come traveler, sit and warm your weary bones, listen to the sounds of laughter and joy all around, and take in the aroma and taste of good food. These are the hallmarks of a good night at the Wassail Tavern.

Come join the Shire of Panther Vale and Mountain Freehold for the 2023/24 Yuletide Celebration and experience the grand opening of the Wassail Tavern! Join us on Dec. 30th from 2pm to 9 pm for a day of revelry and yuletide, classes demonstrations, bardic gatherings, and comfort of friends and chosen family to help relieve the cold and sometimes dreary times the winter months bring.

The  A&S Display this year will be a theme of Past and Present. Bring a past project, either the project itself or images/documentation of the project, along with anything you’ve been currently working on, incomplete or otherwise, to put on display.

As is tradition at these events, we’ll be having the gift exchange table. Bring clean, unwrapped items to place on the table. One item means you get to choose something on your turn!  How it works: You bring an item for the table. Before the night is out, we’ll have the gift exchange based on the number of years active in the SCA, starting with the newest and those in most need, finally working our way through the years until we reach those who were around when rocks were soft and trees were just twigs in the ground.

Adding on to this though, we will be having a  SEPARATE table for the younglings of the region. Parents may bring an additional item, separate from the gift exchange table, that would be of use to a child under 12 and their parents. This can be anything from garb that has been outgrown or tools, toys, or books a child may like, or a parent may find useful.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023. Site opens at 2 pm, closes at 9 pm.

Fees: (Dayboard is included in the site fee) Adult non-member, $20. Adult member, $15. Children and youth 0-17: Free. Reservation deadline, Dec. 23, 2023. Make checks payable to Shire of Panther Vale, SCA Inc. Mail reservations to: Wassail Tavern Yule, c/o Judi Tazelaar, 642 West St., Brookfield, VT 05036. For reservation questions, contact Siubhan at:

Location: Barre Masonic Temple, 2 Academy St., Barre VT 05641

Directions: Make your best route to I-89 exit 7 in Vermont.  From Exit 7: Once off I-89 at Exit 7, you’ll pass the Comfort Inn hotel and the Exit 7 Traveler’s Center (a convenience store with gas/diesel/shower) as well as an electric vehicle station.  Continue on Rt 62 passing the “mall”.  At the third light, with hospital on left, be in the LEFT lane to go into Barre.  Follow Rt 62 all the way to Main Street (sharp turn, railroad tracks, followed by the 2nd light) and turn right onto Main Street.  Follow Main Street until the road forks slightly, stay left but in the right lane to go straight.  Just as you start up the hill, take a left onto Academy Street.  Masonic building is on the left and roadside parking is first come first serve along the sidewalks or around the edge of the park ahead, but not on Park Street.

Parking: Roadside parking with limited offroad spaces. If handicap parking is required, please reach out to the event stewards beforehand.

Event Steward: Lady Alienor Hathaway

Deputy Stewards: Lord Edward Talbot, OSC, and Thorrbjorn